The Portage Police
Department has released its official report on the Oct. 24 crash which took
the life of Chesterton High School senior Amera Abu hakmeh.
The report does
not, however, add materially to an understanding of why the accident
Portage Police, at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Gayle H. Brown, 85, of
Greencastle, Ind., was westbound on U.S. Highway 20, 75 feet east of Clem
Road, when she failed to follow a curve in the road, continued straight
instead, and crossed the center line. Brown’s 2012 Buick Regal then struck
Abu hakmeh’s westbound 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the front driver’s side
Brown was “unable
to deliver a statement other than she was going to Greencastle,” Portage
Police said. She died at the scene shortly after being extricated from her
Abu hakmeh, 17,
succumbed to her injuries, still in her car, without regaining
consciousness, Portage Police said.
12-year-old sister, a Chesterton Middle School student, was also critically
A witness to the
accident, traveling behind Abu hakmeh, observed Brown cross the center line,
Portage Police said.
Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune on Tuesday that an
autopsy performed on Brown revealed no medical issues relevant to the crash.
The results of a routine toxicology screen should be available in
approximately six weeks, Harris said.